BGCI: About us
Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) was established in 1987 to link the botanic gardens of the world in a global network for plant conservation. BGCI is an independent UK charity with its head office located at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
BGCI’s membership and larger network has grown consistently over the years, and now includes more than 500 botanic gardens in 99 countries, on every continent. Our aim is to unite botanic gardens and other organisations committed to saving the world’s threatened plants.
BGCI supports the development and implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) at a global, regional, national, and local level. We work directly with our members and other plant conservation organisations, carrying out threat assessments, seed conservation, ecological restoration, plant health and education projects around the world.
In 2007, BGCI established an office at the South China Botanical Garden, Guangzhou and appointed a China Programme Coordinator. In the same year, BGCI moved its US office from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York to Chicago Botanic Garden and appointed a US Executive Director.